Analysis Of Night By Elie Wiesel

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Night Analysis Essay: Elie Wiesel’s Transformation Frederick Douglas once said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” which is a statement that undeniably holds true to the everyday life of humans and literary beings. When faced with tough situations, the way the struggles are handled can determine the progress one makes. In Night, a memoir written by Elie Wiesel to describe his experience during the Holocaust, Wiesel witnesses situations that definitely scar him and allow him to flourish in a positive manner. In his adolescence, Elie Wiesel was sent to a concentration camp with his father. During his time there, he finds it difficult to keep his will to survive due to the traumatic events that he sees. By the time he leaves the camp, he becomes a strong and mature young man who is ready to live his life the best he can after losing everything. Although Wiesel ultimately flourished into a strong and mature person, he was at first a lost and accusatory being. When beginning his life on a concentration camp, Elie constantly blamed others who were sometimes not in the wrong and lost the aspect in his life that defined who he was. To depict the fact that he had became an accusatory person, Elie states: “What’s more, if I felt anger at that moment, it was not directed at the Kapo but at my father. Why couldn’t he have avoided Idek’s wrath? That was what life in a concentration camp had made of me…” (Wiesel 54). Also, he shows readers that he has become lost by stating, “As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him. Deep inside me, I felt a great void opening.” ( Wiesel 69) During the text on page 54, it is clear that the camp has changed him into an accusatory person that, like many others in the Jewish community, has turned against others. The text on page 69 demonstrates the fact that God’s absence during this traumatic time has caused Wiesel to turn his back on him and as he does so, he begins to feel lost inside because God was once his whole life. What Elie says on page 69 also indicates that sometimes it is hard to let go of components in our lives that are very familiar, later forcing us to go back to them. These both support the visible
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